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Earle J Dumont

Military

15-Sep-42 Assigned as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24580 [VK-C] "Hellcat Agnes", 303BG/358BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Hellcat Agnes"

On 23 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes", 303BG/358BS while serving as Bombardier the aircraft was downed by fighters near Brest. He was able to parachute to safety and was captured and became Prisoner of War (POW).

Participated in 6 Operations - 3 Aborted (See Biography events)

Service

Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron
  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24567 Beats Me

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24567 [PU:J] "Beats Me" was assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Bangor 14-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. Participated in 7 Operations - 2 Aborted (See Biography events) ...

  • 41-24580 Hellcat Agnes & No Monkey Business

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes" was assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-C] Bangor 11-Oct-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-62. Participated in 6 Operations - 2 Aborts (See Biography events) ...

  • 42-2967 Shak Hak

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 42-2967 "Shak Hak" was Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Bangor 18-Sep-42; Molesworth 16-Oct-42. ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 25

    12 December 1942
    This mission is composed of two elements. First element: The German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a force of 78 B-17s despatched from 91BG (19), 303BG (20), 305BG (21) and 306BG (18). However, the target is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 26

    20 December 1942
    The German Air Depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France is the Primary (P) target for a combined force of 80 B-17s despatched by 91BG (17), 303BG (21); 305BG (23) and 306BG (19). 60 B-17 are effective on the target, but 7 are MIA and 1 is DBR. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 27

    30 December 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the target for this mission. A combined force of 77 B-17s are despatched by 91BG (19); 303BG (16); 305BG (13) and 306BG (18). Only 40 are effective on the target. All but 1 B-17 from the 18 despatched by 306BG is...

  • VIII Bomber Command 28

    3 January 1943
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are once again the target for this mission. This is proving to be a particularly difficult target to destroy due to its massive, reinforced concrete design. It consists of 14 individual pens connected together in...

  • VIII Bomber Command 30

    23 January 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the primary target for this mission. 305th Bombardment Group is selected as the lead group, but condensation on the bombsight of the lead aircraft in the Group prevents the 305BG from bombing Lorient...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Assigned to Aircraft Biggs Field, TX 79918, USA 15 September 1942

Assigned as Bombardier of B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes", 303BG/358BS at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as Bombardier aboard B-17F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes", 303BG/358BS

Mission #1 1LT Earle J. DuMont, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17 F 41-24580 "Hell Cat", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France but mechanical failures forced the Pilot to abort the mission (RTB OK)

Mission #2 1LT Earle J. DuMont, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17 F 41-24580 "Hell Cat", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yars at Rouen, France. (RTB OK)

Mission #3 1LT Earle J. DuMont, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS - Aborted Romilly-sur-Seine, France 20 December 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17 F 41-24580 "Hell Cat", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the German air depot at Romilly-sur-Seine, France but mechanical failures force the Pilot to abort the mission.

Mission #4 1LT Earle J. DuMont, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24567, 303BG/360BS - Aborted Lorient, France 30 December 1942

Served as Bombardier on B-17F 41-24567 "Beats Me", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #5 1LT Earle J. DuMont, Jr. w/B-17F 42-2967, 303BG/360BS Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17 F 42-2967 "Shak Hak", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 23 January 1943 – 24 June 1945

Held at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 24-Jun-45.

Mission #6 1LT Earle J. DuMont, Jr. w/B-17F 41-24580, 303BG/358BS - POW Lorient, France 23 January 1943

Served as Bombardier on B-17 F 41-24580 "Hellcat Agnes", 303BG/358BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. Aircraft was shot down by fighters but he baled out and was captured as a Prisoner of War (POW).

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 23:26:14 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Feb-2016. Inserted Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf Re-numbered Missions # 5 and #6.

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 23:20:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Feb-2016. Corrected Participations statement, he flew in more than one squadron with 303BG which caused me to miss the mission of 30-Dec-42.

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 23:18:23 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 26-Feb-2016. Made connection to 30-Dec-42 mission per 303BG Mission Report of 30-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/008.pdf

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 21:33:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian; Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf; corrected mission count changing previous Mission #4 event to Mission #5 event.

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 21:27:20 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2016. Added Arrived in UK event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Oran T O'Conner crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-oconnor.html

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 21:24:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Oran T O'Conner crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-oconnor.html

Date Contributor Update
15 February 2016 21:21:59 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 15-Feb-2016. Added initial assignment and arrival in UK info to Summary Biography; Made connections to Units, Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Oran T O'Conner crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-oconnor.html

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 17:48:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Aug-2015. Added Mission $#4 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 23-Jan-43, Garu Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 17:44:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Aug-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 20-Dec-42, Gary Moncur; Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/007.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 17:41:02 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Aug-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 12-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 17:37:07 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Aug-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website Mission Report of 6-Dec-42, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
13 August 2015 17:31:57 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 13-Aug-2015. Added Operations participation to Summary Biography and made connections to Missions per 303BG website Mission Reports, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/missions.html

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2015 18:08:21 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Jan-2015. Added decoration, SN and POW event per National Archives Records Administration (NARA) WWII POW database; Corrected Role/Job per 303rd Bomb Group website: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-358-oconnor.html; Made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited descritpion per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey Vol. 1 p. 65-66, MACR 15473

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